Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival – October 10, 2009

Posted Oct 7th, 2009 by Alexandrea Kontos  Category: Arts & Entertainment, Toledo.com



LAKESIDE, Ohio – Lakeside’s life and activity are growing far beyond the 11 weeks of the Chautauqua summer season. The Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival, a cherished fall tradition that supports the Lakeside Association and Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, will be held in Lakeside from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, October 10.

The peninsula-wide festival will include a variety of activities for the entire family to enjoy. Sponsored by the Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, $2 tours of the Marblehead Lighthouse will be available for guests from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The lighthouse, built in 1821, is the second oldest lighthouse on the Great Lakes and the oldest in continuous operation on the Great Lakes. The Ottawa County Historical Society will offer free tours of the Wolcott House (the Keeper’s House) from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. It is one of the oldest surviving homes in Ottawa County, home of the first three Marblehead Lighthouse keepers.

Danbury High School will provide shuttle service that will transport visitors from the high school to Lakeside, the Marblehead Lighthouse, Wolcott House and Marblehead Peninsula business district, where merchants and businesses will offer sales and specials to shoppers. Donations will be accepted. Parking with bus service is available at Danbury High School for $5/car. Please get your hand stamped at the high school. Free parking is available in Lakeside’s South Gate Parking Lot. Free golf cart shuttles are available on the Lakeside grounds.

Lance Horwedel will begin Lakeside’s entertainment festivities at 12 p.m.on Hoover Auditorium Porch. Horwedel, a noted sound engineer and singer, has been appearing on the North Central Ohio music circuit for more than 20 years. His performance will include songs from nostalgic artists of the 1970s and 80s.

The entertainment will continue with Russ Franzen, an award-winning writer and historian who will perform “Great Lakes History in Song” at 1:15 p.m. He began writing songs to teach history to children, which include stories about lighthouses, ships and life along the Great Lakes. Franzen started performing in 2006 and has released two albums, “Along the Great Lakes” and “Life is Good.”

Lakeside’s live entertainment will close with magician Joe Lefler at 2:45 p.m.. The performance is a fun-filled comedy program featuring audience participation. Lefler’s magic will combine comedy, mystery, humor and excitement.

Lakeside’s annual Pie Contest, Auction & Sale will feature fruit and pumpkin in the recipe. Enter a homemade fruit pie between 10 -11 a.m. at the Hoover Auditorium Lobby and receive one 2010 Daily Gate Pass to Lakeside. Prizes will be awarded to Best Pie Overall, Most Unique Recipe, Best Appearance, and Best Pie Baked by a Male, Female and Youth. The winning pies will be auctioned at 3:45 p.m. on the Hoover Auditorium Porch, while the remainder will be available for purchase at $10 per pie. For official Pie Contest Rules please visit www.lakesideohio.com or call 866-952-5374.

More than 70 arts & crafts vendors will be at Lakeside’s Wesley Lodge, South Auditorium, Wo-Ho-Mis and lawn site offering quality collectibles between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Festival goers will also have the opportunity to discover Lakeside’s history by taking a 90-minute guided walking tour through the fall foliage and past Victorian cottages at 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.

Children may participate in several fall-themed activities 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. for $3, including pumpkin and cookie decorating, pine cone bird feeder, fall magnets, pumpkin necklaces and paper plate masks.

Other activities at the festival include, Farmers’ Market from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., $1 hayrides between 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., free miniature golf and shuffleboard between 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., and a 4:30 and 8 p.m. showing “Shorts: Adventures of the Wishing Rock” at Orchestra Hall. Tickets are $6/adults and $3/children. Food will be provided throughout the day by the Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, Lakeside Association and Lakeside United Methodist Men.

Lakeside will also be offering a Fall Weekend Getaway Special at the Fountain Inn, “buy one night, get the second night half off” on reservations made for October 9 & 10 or October 16 & 17. Rates include:

• Heritage Suite: $155 ($77.50 second night)
• Chautauqua Room: $115 ($57.50 second night)
• Family Room: $105 ($52.50 second night)
• Traditions Room: $85 ($42.50 second night)

Continental breakfast is complimentary with each reservation. To book your stay or for more information, contact 866-952-5374, ext. 343 or skoenig@lakesideohio.com. Reservation hours are between 10 am – 7 pm Monday-Friday.

Take a fall break with the family in Lakeside on Saturday, October 10. Unlike the Chautauqua summer season, guests will be able to enjoy the beauty of Lakeside without a gate pass admission fee. For more information, visit www.marbleheadpeninsula.com or call 419-734-9777. To volunteer for the event, email mahirsch@lakesideohio.com or call 419-798-4461, ext. 248.

Known as the Chautauqua on Lake Erie, Lakeside is a family destination that has pioneered the act of nurturing mind, body and spirit since 1873. One of the few remaining Chautauquas in the United States, Lakeside offers a variety of spiritual, educational, cultural arts and recreational opportunities. Located between Cleveland and Toledo on Lake Erie’s south shore, Lakeside is a gated community that provides rest and renewal in addition to hundreds of enlightening and entertaining experiences. For more information on vacationing or living the Lakeside Chautauqua experience, visit www.lakesideohio.com or call 866-952-5374.


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